3-Day Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

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Overview

This 3-day gorilla trekking tour in Uganda leads you to Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Southwestern Uganda. Bwindi is one of those parks with remarkable diversity, carpeting the margin of the Albertine rift valley for thousands of years. In the process it has accumulated remarkable biodiversity, thanks also to an 1147m altitudinal range that accommodates habitats ranging from lowland forest at 1,160m to rare Afromontane vegetation above 2,600m.

Safari Summary

  • Day 1: Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe or Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 3: Transfer/drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport or Kigali

The park is part of Bwindi Impenetrable forest, a grandeur that acts as home to the rare and endangered star of the impenetrable show: mountain gorillas. The park also hosts several other species with counts estimated at 310 butterflies, 200 trees, 51 reptiles, 88 months, 120 mammals, and 350 bird species.

There also several other primates, among whom are chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys, blue monkeys, and others. With a total of about 21 families habituated for tourism as of December 2018, and with 5 tracking locations (Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Mgahinga)

Itinerary

Day 1
Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Early morning after your breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your booked accommodation in Kampala/Entebbe and depart for Bwindi National Park at 7.00 am, driving southwards for at least 8 hours before arriving at your accommodation in Bwindi National Park. The scenic drive takes you through plantations, rolling hills, and country people conducting business with a stop at the equator for photography. Lunch is en-route in Mbarara town at Agip Motel. Upon arrival to the lodge, we spend the evening relaxing whilst enjoying the magnificent vistas of the beautiful landscape. Have dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Our accommodation options for this safari depend on your package type preference and gorilla permit availability for your planned trekking dates. We are happy to recommend top-notch lodging upon inquiry

Day 2
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today’s schedule will take us through the impenetrable Jungle of Bwindi National Park, the home of the endangered mountain gorillas. The park is divided into 4 gorilla tracking sectors including Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors. Within the park, there are 21 groups of gorillas habituated for tourism. Five of these groups are found in the vicinity of Buhoma in northwest Bwindi; four at Ruhija in the east; and ten at the park’s southern trailheads at Rushaga and two are found at Nkuringo. We enjoy an early breakfast at lodge then pick our packed lunch, and drinking water and transfer to the park headquarters for briefing at 7.30 am. While here, we register and join others for a gorilla trekking briefing about the precautions and guidelines of the gorilla trekking activity. You will then be assigned a gorilla group, meet the ranger guide and start the trek into the forest. Once you have reached them, you are allowed to stay for one hour to observe these gentle giants, after which you return to meet the driver guide and transfer back to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Day 3
Transfer/drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport or Kigali

After a beautiful night in the foothills of the gorilla land, you embark on the road drive back to Kampala or Entebbe International Airport or Kigali for a departure flight. You will have lunch en route and can purchase any craft materials at several souvenir shops along the way to always remind you of your Bwindi gorilla trekking safari.